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WiPA brings some of the top names in fantasy together in a bold new anthology featuring stories of already empowered female warriors.
WiPA brings some of the top names in fantasy together in a bold new anthology featuring stories of already empowered female warriors.
WiPA brings some of the top names in fantasy together in a bold new anthology featuring stories of already empowered female warriors.
599 backers pledged $19,447 to help bring this project to life.

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Women in Practical Armor

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Hi, I'm Katie Cord, owner of Evil Girlfriend Media. I'm excited to share our newest project, Women in Practical Armor.

Edited by Ed Greenwood and Gabrielle Harbowy, this project is important to all three of us because we feel showcasing an already empowered female warrior is essential. If women in fantasy are capable and intelligent enough to lead in battle, wouldn't they also be intelligent enough to protect their abdomens, tie their hair back, and cover their faces while fighting?

Evil Girlfriend Media is passionate about breaking stereotypes and creating new mythology, and our goal with this project is to bring you high quality, well-edited stories that will take the fantasy genre to a new level.

Our authors are a talented and energetic bunch, and as the campaign progresses we'll be sharing interviews, anecdotes, trivia, and special pledge levels from some of the biggest names in science fiction and fantasy. 

  • Ed Greenwood-Editor: An award-winning Canadian writer and game designer, Ed's books have sold millions of copies worldwide, and his writing credits would easily fill this entire page.
  • Gabrielle Harbowy-Editor: In addition to being the Managing Editor at Dragon Moon Press, Gabrielle is an award-nominated short story writer and anthologist whose first novel comes out next year. This is her fourth anthology collaboration with co-editor Ed Greenwood..
  • Erik Scott de Bie: The author of eight novels and counting, speculative fiction is only one of Erik's many talents, which include designing tabletop RPGs, mentoring new writers, fencing, and frenetic rock karaoke.
  • Judith Tarr: An award-winning fantasy author and frequent finalist on World Fantasy and Locus award ballots, Judith has been writing steadily since her first novel released in 1985.
  • Todd J. McCaffrey: New York Times bestselling author Todd McCaffrey has written more than a dozen books and numerous short stories.
  • Mary Robinette Kowal: Hugo Award-winning author, award-winning puppeteer, and voice actor, Mary Robinette Kowal also won the 2008 Campbell award for Best New Writer, and is one of the hosts of the Hugo Award-winning podcast Writing Excuses.

Because we not only want to do this book, we want to do it right. With your generous pledges, this campaign has covered the costs of production in advance. Our continuing goal is to secure funds to properly market Women in Practical Armor as a major release, as well as pave the way for similar projects in the future.

One important component of our Kickstarter that we want backers to know is that the first month of royalties of the book will go to a PTSD charity chosen by Gabrielle Harbowy and me. Every day can feel like a battle for those with PTSD, and we want our backers to know that because of them funding the book, we want to give back.

We've got an armory full of great rewards for our backers, so why not try one on for size? As the campaign progresses, we'll be unveiling special offers from our authors, add-ons for your pledges, and more!

Here's a look at a couple items besides the anthology itself included in our backer levels.

Starting at the PATENT OF NOBILITY level ($50 or more), backers receive a limited edition medallion keychain, crafted by Eloise J. Knapp.

At the CLOTH COIF level ($150 or more) Editor Gabrielle Harbowy is offering to knit a "yarn mail" hood for five lucky backers. Crafted from a design by (and used with permission) Etsy creator WeeBeeUniquesByJulie, it's the perfect thing to keep your head warm and protected while reading our mind-blowing stories!

This coif is only one of the special offers put forth by our creators. For example, Contributor Eric Landreneau has offered an e-book copy of his novel Break! A Tale of Cursed Blood to all backers at the CAP level and above.

But this book is bigger than just us, and as mentioned above we want to market and promote it as a major release. Your pledges enable us to do just that, and now that we've funded, we're counting on your help to spread the word about how awesome it is.

So let's talk about

Thanks to your support, we've covered the costs of production, including paying our authors and artists professional rates. We know all the places we'd like to market this book, and we know more or less what it costs to do so.

And it costs a lot. Money most independent publishers don't have to spend, so many great projects never go out to more than a few hundred people. We're looking to all of our new friends to help us spread the message in the time we have left, so that we can give Women in Practical Armor the launch it deserves.

Our first two stretch goals are modest ones, but they have significant impact on how we move forward in marketing the book.

$7000

Backer T-shirts (UNLOCKED)

Thanks to our backers, our wonderful Women in Practical Armor T-shirts are now included in all backer levels $100 and up, and are available as $25 add-ons to backer levels MAIL SHIRT and higher. So check out this awesome backer exclusive in the Add-Ons section below, and get ready for our next stretch goal of...

$10000

Raises for WiPA contributors (UNLOCKED)

We're already paying our authors professional rates, but we'd love to pay them more. So if we raise at least $10000 with this campaign, we'll be re-writing our contracts to compensate them at 8 cents a word.

That's kind of a big deal. And it will certainly raise some eyebrows in the publishing world. Which is exactly what we want. We're changing the world, remember? It starts story by story, one word at a time. And with your help, we'll be there before you know it.

$12500

Ed Greenwood and Gabrielle Harbowy (UNLOCKED)

You probably know by now that our esteemed co-editors can put together a great book, but did you know they can write? Because if we can raise least $12500 with this campaign, they’ve agreed to co-author an original story for Women in Practical Armor! We’re really excited about this stretch goal, and hope you are too.

$15000

Backers-only Release Party (UNLOCKED)

Norwescon 39 in Seatac, WA is a major science fiction event in the Pacific Northwest, and just so happens to fall right in our expected release window. We’re going to be there promoting the heck out of Women in Practical Armor and other EGM releases, but we also want to recognize all the backers whose support made this project possible.

So let’s be honest, of course we’re going to have a party. But instead of just a noisy affair in a cramped convention hotel room, we want to invite the entire legion to celebrate with us at once! So if we raise at least $15000 with this campaign, we’re closing the doors to the general public, and opening it up the entire world.

That’s right, if we hit this goal the WiPA backer party will be broadcast live on the web, and you’re all invited! We’ll have contests, prizes, contributor interviews and advance readings, as well as a few surprises. (I have it on good authority that Queen Katie loves to sing).

$20000

Because some women like to do it alone, in the shadows.
Because some women like to do it alone, in the shadows.

This stretch goal is one we’ve wanted to announce since this campaign started. Women in Practical Armor was never meant to be alone on your bookshelf. It was meant to be the first of several anthologies featuring already empowered female protagonists. So with this in mind, we're now proud to announce the second volume in the series, and our final stretch goal for this campaign.

Women in Comfortable Shoes will present stories of rogues, thieves, assassins, and other self-assured ladies, and with your help, we can do it in style. Right now we can't share much more information than the title, but if we hit our stretch goal we'll be able to guarantee the same pay rate of 8 cents a word to all our authors that we're offering for Women in Practical Armor.

But wait, there's more.

 Battle Ready Poster ($10)

Actual woman in practical armor Ann Shilling
Actual woman in practical armor Ann Shilling

We teased our Battle-Ready backer poster on day one, and are now prepared to share more about it.  

As a $10 add-on for backers at PAULDRONS level and higher, we're offering this full color, 12 x 18 poster detailing the armor worn by real-life woman in practical armor Ann Shilling during our Kickstarter video.

And if that weren't enough, we've got a special reward for our backers at MAIL SHIRT and higher levels. It's this crazy new book called...

Extra Copy ($12)

You've already secured yourself a copy of our trade paperback, and possibly even an e-book as well. But what about your friends? No matter how successful our campaign is, or our subsequent marketing efforts, there will always be someone down the line who's looking for a good read and just doesn't know what to pick.

But you do. As a $12 add-on, you can order an additional trade paperback of Women in Practical Armor to share with them. This backer-exclusive price is only available through this campaign, and is available multiple times per pledge.

Backer T-Shirts ($25)

So cool. So Comfortable
So cool. So Comfortable

We've been talking about "mobile marketing" for a while now, and although some Kickstarter campaigns lead with extras like this, we wanted to keep the focus on the book and our authors. Now that that's out of the way, we're happy to announce our Women in Practical Armor backer shirts.

These great shirts are available as a $25 add-on to backer levels MAIL SHIRT and higher, and automatically included in all backer levels $100 and higher.

To add any of these great bonus items to your existing backer reward, increase your total pledge (using the "Manage Pledge" option) to cover the cost of each item you want. 

For a poster, add $10 to your pledge

For an additional trade paperback, add $12 to your pledge

For a backer t-shirt, add $25 to your pledge

There's no need to change your backer level—in fact, we recommend you do not, unless a different level has other options you want (signed copies, medallion keychains, etc). Changing your backer level does not automatically qualify you for an add-on—you will still need to pledge additional funds for additional items.

After our campaign is complete, we'll send a survey to all backers through which you can identify the items you want. If you want to make sure we know your wishes, send us a message as well (Not a comment, though we'll read that too).

So what do you say, backers? Are you ready to march an extra few milestones with us? Because we guarantee there's more cool stuff waiting for us down this road. 

Risks and challenges

We've set a delivery date of April 2016 to ensure that all of our backers can enjoy this anthology in its best possible form. While we may be able to produce the book the way we want before then, we're certain we will by that date. We'll be as transparent as possible about our production dates and process, and keep you in the loop about any possible delays.

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    CHAIN LINK: Stay in the loop about WiPA and Evil Girlfriend Media’s other projects as part of our mailing list. Not only will you get awesome updates, but also the satisfaction of helping us bring this book to life.

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    PAULDRONS: Enjoy all previous rewards, plus a DRM-free digital copy of WiPA when available. This reward level is limited to the first 100 backers brave enough to stake their claim.

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    CAP: Fill your brain with a DRM-free digital copy of WiPA when available. You’ll also get a full-color bookmark, and have your name added to the Roll of Heroes.

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    MAIL SHIRT: Protect yourself with a trade paperback of the WiPA anthology, plus a full-color bookmark and your name included in the Roll of Heroes. This reward level is only available to 50 backers, so prove yourselves worthy today!

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    BREASTPLATE: This wrap-around reward includes a trade paperback of the WiPA anthology, along with a 4x6 art card of the cover, a full-color bookmark and your name included in the Roll of Heroes.

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    VISORED HELM: Possibly not the most comfortable thing to wear, but you’ll need it when you see all the good stuff you’re getting. Backers recieve both a trade paperback ~and~ a DRM-free ebook of WiPA, a 4x6 art card, full color bookmark, and inclusion in the Roll of Heroes.

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    PATENT OF NOBILITY: Along with all the good stuff from the VISORED HELM level, you’ll wow your fellow warriors with a limited edition medallion keychain crafted exclusively for WiPA backers by Eloise J. Knapp. This reward level is only available to 50 backers, so raise your banners high!

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    KNIGHT OF THE REALM: Along with a contributor-signed copy of WiPA, a DRM-free ebook, art card, bookmark, medallion keychain, and a place of honor on our Roll of Heroes, you’ll receive a personal thank you card from Queen Katie herself.

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    QUEEN’S CHAMPION: In addition to the rewards of being a KNIGHT OF THE REALM, upgrade your signed copy to one personalized and dedicated to you by editors Ed Greenwood and Gabrielle Harbowy.

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    MARK OF THE BLOOD QUEEN: In addition to the rewards of being a KNIGHT OF THE REALM, upgrade your signed copy to one personalized and dedicated to you by author Erik Scott de Bie. Additionally, Erik will reveal an exclusive secret of the World of Ruin in an original piece of flash fiction just for you!

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    QUEEN’S CHAMPION: In addition to the rewards of being a KNIGHT OF THE REALM, upgrade your signed copy to one personalized and dedicated to you by Judith Tarr.

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    QUEEN’S CHAMPION: In addition to the rewards of being a KNIGHT OF THE REALM, upgrade your signed copy to one personalized and dedicated to you by Todd McCaffrey.

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    QUEEN’S CHAMPION: In addition to the rewards of being a KNIGHT OF THE REALM, upgrade your signed copy to one personalized and dedicated to you by Mary Robinette Kowal.

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    DUCAL ORDER: In addition to the rewards of being a KNIGHT OF THE REALM, contributor Eric Landreneau will not only personalize your signed copy of WiPA, but also include a signed copy of his novel Break! A Tale of Cursed Blood. That’s two great books, a full color bookmark, an art card, a medallion keychain, and a place of honor on our Roll of Heroes, as well as a personal thank you card from Queen Katie herself!

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    LADY’S FAVOR: In addition to the rewards of being a KNIGHT OF THE REALM, contributor Kristy Griffin Green will not only personalize your signed copy of WiPA, but also compose an original sonnet in your honor, on a topic of your choice.

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    CLOTH COIF: So I know we said "practical" armor, but who can say no to a knitted hood hand crafted by editor Gabrielle Harbowy? You'll look fantastic while reading your signed copy of WiPA, and while enjoying all the other rewards of being a KNIGHT OF THE REALM.

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    ALL FOR ONE: Settle in for a long campaign with this fully loaded backer level. You’ll receive both e-book and contributor signed copies of Women in Practical Armor, our bookmark, art card, medallion keychain, Battle-Ready backer poster, backer exclusive T-shirt, and personal thank you card from Queen Katie, but you’ll also receive three (3) additional anthologies from the Evil Girlfriend Media catalog (http://www.evilgirlfriendmedia.com/genre/anthology/).

    NOTE: This backer level ships for free to North America, but for international shipping we must charge an additional $25 USD.

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    THE MADNESS OF QUEEN KATIE: They say we’re crazy to add a reward level like this, but it’s the kind of crazy we can get behind.

    Not only will you receive a signed copy of the anthology, a DRM-free copy of the e-book, the bookmark, art card, medallion keychain, and our everlasting thanks, but you'll also get a royal audience with the Evil Girlfriend herself, Queen Katie!

    Joining her on this video call will be editors Ed Greenwood and Gabrielle Harbowy. And after the call, we'll not only ship out your rewards, but Queen Katie's crown!

    Ask yourself. Aren't you worth it? Because we think you are.

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